Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation on Thursday launched its first drive against dengue this season. The drive was conducted at the state food department headquarters on Mirza Ghalib Street. A special KMC health department squad raided the sprawling state government office premises and started looking for space which can be an ideal location. After searching for an hour, the KMC vector control rapid action force found mosquito larvae responsible for outbreak of dengue from several places.
The civic team was first found adeas egypti, (responsible for outbreak of dengue), the mosquito larvae from two drains running parallel in the car parking basement area. This type of larvae along with culex, responsible for outbreak of malaria, was found from an adjacent air condition plant.
The team also found garbage in large quantity in the main car parking area. Abandoned wooden furniture was found from the back of the office building. Later in the afternoon, Atin Ghosh, the member, mayor-in-council overseeing the KMC health department took up the matter with Jyotipriyo Mullick, the state health minister.
While Mullick sought help from the KMC health department in eradicating mosquito menace from the state food department headquarters, he also assured all sorts of help in the civic body’s drive against dengue and malaria. The KMC health department experts would train the state food department staff at the headquarters to identify the mosquito larvae responsible for outbreak of dengue and the means to destroy those.
Number of affected people in 2016 were 1800. Dengue larvae found in all major government and private hospitals, academic institutes, offices KMC issued and sent notices to 5 major government hospitals and 3 private hospitals against allowing stagnant water inside hospital premises. The notices were sent after finding dengue larvae in these hospital premises.
Union health ministry praised the KMC for its drive but has asked the civic body authorities to remain extra cautious this year.